Watermelon and Peach Salad

My honey says this is his favorite salad of all times! He loves the sweetness of the watermelon, the addition of salty feta and the tang of fresh peaches, tomatoes and whatever else I’ve got in the kitchen. Top the whole salad with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, freshly ground pepper and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and he’s in heaven. Me too!

This salad is so easy. It’s so healthy. And, this salad is so versatile. First, it takes about 5 minutes to throw together. Second, there’s no oil or dressing to make you feel guilty about. And finally, you really can use whatever you have on hand.

I always insist on a bed of arugula, watermelon chunks and feta cheese, but after that, you can use nectarines, plums, berries (strawberries are dreamy in this) to replace the peaches. You can add tomatoes and cukes, as I’ve done, or don’t use them. You can add olives, pistachio nuts, glazed pecans. You can add sliced chicken. See what I mean? Very very versatile!!

Enjoy this delicious salad!

Watermelon, peach and feta salad

Watermelon, Peach & Feta Salad

Makes: 4-6 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

2 cups arugula

1/2 small seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1 1/2″ cubes

2 6″ Persian cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber, sliced into 1/4″ rounds

1 cup assorted cherry tomatoes

2-3 firm, ripe peaches, thinly sliced

3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

2 tbsp Balsamic glaze (available at most supermarkets)

Flaky sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Layer arugula, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and peaches in a salad bowl or serving dish. Sprinkle feta cheese over top. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with flaky salt and pepper and serve!

Chef’s Note:

This is a wonderful salad for substitutions: use nectarines, plums, strawberries or blueberries in place of the peaches (or in addition). Use roquefort cheese in place of feta. Add herbs. If you don’t have cukes, don’t worry about it. Add Kalamata olives, if you like. Try grilled chicken on top. So many options!

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    • harry

      This is a wicked salad. I’ve tried it. What a combination of tastes. When I was growing up, my favorite taste combo of foods, was having just feta, with a fresh cut up watermelon, from the local farms. Speaking of adding peaches to a salad. There are no better tasting peaches than Greek peaches (it’s the juices in them). If you’re ever in Greece? Try this salad recipe with their locally grown fruits, and vegetables for your ingredients, and you’ll think you’ve died and went to heaven with the flavors in this recipe.

      • Francine

        I have never tried Greek peaches but now I’ve got a hankering! Maybe a special trip to Greece would help!!

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